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12-028 Woman Injured In Apparent Accidental Discharge Of Firearm At St. Petersburg Church

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
Support Services Bureau
-Crime Scene Investigation Unit

Hannah Kelley (Victim)
DOB: 02/07/1992
Address: 6781 30th Avenue North, St. Petersburg

Moises Zambrana (Gun owner/apparently accidentally discharged weapon)
DOB: 04/21/1963
Address: 7130 69th Street North, Pinellas Park

Dustin Bueller (Being shown gun/victim’s boyfriend)
DOB: 02/20/1991
Address: 5580 14th Avenue North, St. Petersburg

John Penu (Being shown gun)
DOB: 01/17/1993
Address: 7283 46th Avenue North, St. Petersburg

What:  Detectives are investigating an apparent accidental discharge of a fiream that left a woman injured. The incident occurred after services at a church in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

Where:  The incident occurred at the Grace Connection Church located at 4017 56th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

When:  Deputies initially responded to the incident at about 12:24 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

How/Why: 

Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit are investigating what appears to be an accidental discharge of a firearm that left a woman critically injured. The incident occurred at the Grace Connection Church located at 4017 56th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

Following the church service, several members of the congregation were gathered in the Church’s rec room. According to detectives, 20 year-old Dustin Bueller approached 48-year-old Moises Zambrana and said that he would soon be turning 21 and was interested in purchasing a gun for himself. Zambrana agreed to show Bueller his firearm, a Reuger 9mm.

Zambrana, Bueller and a third man, 19-year old John Penu, stepped into a small closet adjacent to the rec room, where Zambrana proceeded to show the men the weapon.

Deputies say Zambrana was explaining the weapon’s safety features and had removed the magazine, when the weapon discharged. The bullet went through the closet wall and out into the rec room striking 20-year-old Hannah Kelley in the head. 

Kelley was transported to Bayfront Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of life threatening injuries; and was undergoing surgery. 

Deputies say Zambrana does have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

No charges have been filed.

The investigation continues.

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